STATE COLLEGE, PA. (UTC/WRCB) -- Senior Maria Juliana Loza shot even-par 72 Friday to stay in medalist hunt Friday at the NCAA East Regional on the Penn State Blue Course.
The Mocs' senior stands at +1 through 36 holes, which has her tied for sixth on the individual leaderboard.
As a team, Chattanooga is 21st, one shot ahead of Jacksonville State and four behind Northwestern. UTC improved five shots on its first round total with a second-round 306.
Only the top eight teams in the 24-team field qualify for the NCAA Championships. While the Mocs won't advance, Loza has a chance to qualify as an individual if she is one of the top two finishers not on an advancing team.
Baylor School grad Brooke Pancake is also in the top 15, tied for 13th at +3 overall. Her even-par 72 on Friday helped Alabama stay in second-place in the team standings behind front-runner South Carolina.
The Gamecocks lead for a second straight day at +6, which is seven strokes ahead of the Crimson Tide.
Loza paces the Mocs at 145, which is her best 36-hole total in regional play. She started her day with a birdie on 10 and headed into the par three fourth (her 13th hole) at even. She knocked it in tight and made her birdie. That was followed with a 12-foot birdie on five to get to minus two for the round. Loza bogeyed seven and eight for her final tally of 72.
As Loza put herself in position for her second NCAA Regional top ten, the rest of the team struggled windy conditions.
Marion Duvernay and Jordan Britt carded twin 77s. Duvernay stands at 154, while Britt is now at 155. Sophie Weilguni shot an 80 today. Mette Kryger rounded out the scoring with an 83.
Chattanooga's final round starts on the first hole at 12:55 p.m., Saturday. Kryger leads off followed by Weilguni (1:06), Britt (1:17), Duvernay (1:28) and Loza (1:39).
Information provided by UTC Sports Information and GoMocs.com.